Jammu, April 19: Aryan Mahajan, a Fourteen-year-old boy recently won the 2016 Millcreek Giant round-robin table tennis tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania. The tournament sanctioned by USA Table Tennis has a cool prize money of USD 3,000.
Aryan Mahajan, who is a Jammu boy has seen a good run this year and had also won an under-16 tournament in Ohio in January. On Sunday, Mahajan scored a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 win against Asawari Khadode. He had a rather smooth passage to the final round.
This tournament was in the two-star category and was sponsored by the famous table tennis equipment maker, Butterfly. The tournament admits players on the basis of their ratings (between 2250-1000). The matches are best of five games each of 11 points. Mahajan was down 2-0 and then came back on top winning three games in a row.
Mentored by Samson Dubina, Mahajan finished runner-up in the under-1600 category. He is among a small percentage of Indian juniors who are playing to make it big in table tennis in USA